Following a terrorist CBRNE attack in urban/megapolis environment approximately 20% of those involved will remain in place (dead, severely wounded/contaminated) while 80% will flee to all possible directions seeking for medical advice. In addition, the ratio between contaminated vs. worried well is 1:5 and this will overwhelm hospitals in a very short time leading to collapse. Based on Tokyo sarin experience, all hospital and clinics in a big city will accept contaminated casualties. Therefore, all of them need to be adequately prepared to deal with CBRNE casualties.

It is generally believed that there is a gap in preparedness between the ambulance service and the hospitals’ emergency services in London and other major Olympic Cities. Specialized questions on hospital CBRNE defense will be set and authorities involved will be asked to address them. The main goal of this masterclass is to identify gaps in preparedness and assist hospital to correct them the best way they can. An anthropocentric approach in planning will be proposed and the experience from previous Olympic Games (2004) will be shared with the participants. Certain proposals for now and the near future will be analyzed and discussed further.



Benefits of attending:

Upon completion of the Masterclass the audience will be able:

  • To comprehend what is expected to follow a real terrorist CBRNE event in urban/megapolis environment
  • To incorporate an anthropocentric approach in CBRNE defense planning
  • To analyze the needs deriving from hospital CBRNE planning (manning, equipment, procedures, interoperability)
  • To identify the gaps in hospital CBRNE preparedness
  • To establish a cooperation network between major hospitals’ CBRNE defense strategies

Who should attend?

  • Department of Health, Ambulance Service
  • Medical CBRNE Planners
  • 2012 Olympic Games Security Advisers
  • NHS Hospitals’ Emergency Department Chiefs and personnel
  • CBRNE Market Representatives (PPE, decontamination facilities)
  • NHS Hospitals’ Directors and Deputy Directors
  • NHS Hospitals’ Security Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs


About your Masterclass Leader:

Brigadier General (R) Galatas Ioannis, MD, PhD, MA, MC

Brigadier General (ret) Ioannis [John] Galatas was born in 1958 and graduated from the Military Medical Academy and the Medical School of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in 1982. He is specialized in Allergy and Clinical Immunology and for more than 25yrs he was the Head of the Dept of Allergy & Clinical Immunology at the Army General Hospital of Athens. Since 2001 he served as CBRN officer and planner trained in a number of countries abroad. During the 2004 Athens’ Olympic Games, he served as Commandant of the “Olympic Hospital CBRN Response Unit” specifically designed and deployed for the Games. He holds a PhD degree in Medicine and a Master’s Degree on “International Terrorism, Organized Crime and Global Security” from Coventry University, UK. A second PhD is in progress with Athens Medical School, Dept of Forensics and Toxicology. He is the Editor of the on-line “CBRNE-Terrorism Newsletter”. Since Aug 2010 he is the CBRN Scientific Coordinator at Research Institute of European-American Studies and holds the position of Vice Chairman of Greek Intelligence Studies Association. His last military appointment before his voluntarily retirement in August 2010 (after 35yrs in service), was as Head of the Department of Asymmetric Threats at the Intelligence Analysis Branch, of Joint Military Intelligence Division of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff in Athens.

Contact e-mail: igalatas@yahoo.com
Web : http://www.cbrne-terrorism-newsletter.com


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Masterclass programme

8:45 Registration

9:15 Welcome and Introductions

10:30 Networking Coffee Break

11:00 Guest Presentation: CBRNE Response and Incident Management

Alan King

Alan King, CBRN, Interpol

12:00 Interactive Session – Hospital CBRNE Defense: Are we ready?

Ioannis Galatas

Ioannis Galatas, CBRN Officer & Planner, Hellenic National Defense General Staff

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Guest Presentation: CBRNE Disaster Management in Urban Environments

Wayne Harrop

Wayne Harrop, Director of the Centre for Disaster Management Applied Research Group , Coventry University

15:00 Guest Presentation: Hazardous Area Response Teams

Russ Mansford

Russ Mansford, Acting Senior Emergency Planning Manager, London Ambulance Service N H S Trust

16:00 Closing Remarks


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@saemediagroup.com

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